Granville sports round-up, Nov. 4, 2021

Horde has ‘great’ field hockey season

By Keith Harrington

Hoosick Falls scored a pair of first-half goals and shut down the explosive Granville offense the rest of the way as the blanked the Golden Horde 2-0 last Wednesday in the Section II Class C field hockey semifinals.

The #2 Panthers and #3 Golden Horde always seem to be on a collision course. The rivals split their two games to share the Adirondack League title in for the Fall II season. This year Hoosick Falls won the first meeting 6-0 and rallied to defeat Granville 4-3 in overtime.

“It wasn’t the way we wanted to end the season, but the girls fought hard,” said Granville coach Katie Barber.

The Golden Horde proved in their Oct. 11 meeting that they can score on Hoosick Falls, but this time the Panthers and goalie Marissa Landry could not be solved.

Granville got out to the early lead last time the teams met, but Hoosick Falls reversed that trend this time around as Gwyn Vincent scored an unassisted goal to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead at the 11:54 mark of the first quarter.

Tatum Hickey extended the Panthers’ advantage to 2-0 on an assist from Emma McCart with 2:24 remaining in the opening period.

The two quick goals turned out to be all that Hoosick Falls would need.

“We came out flat and they scored two goals in the first half,” Barber said. “We held them the rest of the game, but we just couldn’t score.”

Landry and the Panthers’ defense took over from there as they advanced to the championship game against top-seeded Johnstown. Landry stopped just two shots for Hoosick Falls.

Hoosick Falls had 10 shots on goal and 17 offensive corners. The Golden Horde managed just four.

Megan Decker stopped six shots in goal for Granville.

“We are so proud of how they played this year,” Barber said. “It was a great season.”

Hoosick Falls raised their mark to 17-1. Granville ends its season with a 12-5 record.

Horde loses to undefeated Greenwich

By Keith Harrington

After yet another setback, this time due to injury issues, the Granville football team returned to action last weekend but not with the opponent they were expecting.

The Golden Horde was scheduled to meet Helderberg Valley, a team they would likely have defeated Saturday in their first of two crossover games. But some teams dropped out of this week’s action, mainly due to Covid-19 issues, and the Section II Football Committee decided Granville would play Greenwich, a team that is undefeated and ranked third in New York State.

Despite a game effort from Granville, Greenwich remained unbeaten, blanking the Golden Horde 41-0 at Jordy Jackson Field in a crossover game.

Most people at the game shared the same sentiment. The Witches are heavily favored to win the Class D sectional title and may very well find themselves playing for a state championship in a few weeks.

Facing the powerful Witches was just fine with Granville coach John Irion and the veteran mentor has no preference as to who his squad will face next.

“I really don’t care who we play. I never have,” Irion said after the game. “I like to be challenged.”

Granville was impressive on the opening drive of the contest, putting together a five-minute sustained drive behind the running of Nick Crum, Matthew Barlow and Tim Pratt. The drive stalled on a fourth-down play but the Witches realized the Golden Horde had come to play.

Greenwich wasted little time scoring on their its possession. Quarterback Jesse Kuzmich fired a 55-yard bomb to speedster Deontae Bennett to give the Witches a 7-0 lead after the extra point kick

Matthew Conlin was a wrecking ball for Greenwich. The running back’s skill set combines power with breakaway speed and is a load for any opponent to handle.

Conlin ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns to spark the Greenwich offense. A 36-yard run extended the Witches’ lead to 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Conlin tacked on scoring runs of 13 and 52, the latter coming on the first play of the third quarter.

Kuzmich finished with 161 yards through the air for the Witches, completing 8 of 11 attempts.

Bennett and Colin Hughes added scoring runs for Greenwich.

Nick Crum was a bright spot on offense for Granville. Crum hauled in a long pass from signal-caller RJ Monger for the Golden Horde’s highlight play of the night. Matthew Barlow ran the ball well for Granville.

Defensively, Brent Perry had a fumble recovery for Granville.

Even with the loss Irion felt good about the effort of his players. The Witches scored 71 points against Lake George and 49 against Salem-Cambridge.

“We battled them. We weren’t delusionary. We didn’t think we were going to come in here with 20 kid and beat number three in the state,” Irion said. “We wanted to give them a game and we did for a while. I think we’ve maximized the potential we’ve had on our team. We just don’t have enough. I’m proud as heck of the kids. We’re telling them that because it’s true.”

Greenwich is now 8-0 on the season. Granville is 1-4.

Cross-country league champions decided

By Keith Harrington

At the Adirondack League’s annual cross-country championships last Friday at Queensbury High School’s 3.1 mile circuit, runners from Argyle and Warrensburg claimed the individual titles while Lake George swept the team championships.

The girls championship race was highly anticipated as Argyle’s Alyssa Freeguard, Hadley-Luzerne’s Katrin Schreiner, Granville’s Amber Gibbs, Hartford’s Brynn Tyler and Corinth’s Rylee Dunbar were all figured to have a chance to claim the race. Gibbs was unable to participate because of an injury.

Freeguard ended up crossing the line first with a time of 21:14:45. Dunbar was second with a time of 21:56:09. Schreiner placed third with a time of 22:00:54.

Tyler and Lake George’s Taylor Syvertsen rounded out the top five. Tyler ran a 22:01:86 and Syvertsen a 23:04:45.

Other Granville-Whitehall finishers included Natalie Morin in 19th and Cammie Dekalb 30th.

Hartford’s McKenzie Johnson was 23rd and Kayla Livingston 29th.

The Lake George girls scored 32 points as did Hadley-Luzerne, but the Warriors were crowned the winners because of their sixth runner. Argyle placed third and Corinth fourth.

The boys side was considered to be more up for grabs with multiple runners potentially in the hunt. In the end Warrensburg’s Brody Olden earned the championship with a time of 18:10:62. Hartford’s Logan Reynolds, also a soccer standout for the Tanagers, was second with a 18:31:88. Logan Anderson of North Warren-Johnsburg placed third with an 18:35:34.

Gage Morris of North Warren-Johnsburg and Liam Fahet-Stack completed the top five.

Quinn Johnson was Granville-Whitehall’s top finisher in 13th. Matt Pietryka had a 24th place finish. Hunter Rockenstire placed 36th, Preston Bakemeier was 39th, Tristan Teer 41st and Carter Powell 44th.

Hartford’s Bryton Mandigo finished 19th, Hongxu Qian 37th, Michael Smith 47th and Hunter LaCross 51st.

Lake George won the team title with a score of 32. North Warren Johnsburg was second, followed by Hadley-Luzerne, Hartford and Granville-Whitehall.

League coaches also named the Adirondack League all-stars at the event. Gibbs and Johnson were named Adirondack League all-stars from Granville-Whitehall. Reynolds, Mandigo and Tyler earned all-star selections for Hartford.

The teams now move on to the Section II championship meet this Friday at Saratoga National Park.